Norcross vehicle, townhome fire ruled arson

NORCROSS - Firefighters believe a fire that destroyed two vehicles and damaged a Norcross townhome Monday night was intentionally set.

Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge said fire investigators are not yet releasing specific information about where or how the 11:24 p.m. fire started at the home located at 1100 Omaha Drive, but said evidence found inside the townhome indicates arson.

Rutledge said the fire caused heavy damage to the two-story home, damaging about 50 percent of the house, and destroyed two vehicles parked inside the garage. He said the fire is being investigated by the Arson and Explosives Section of the Gwinnett Fire Department.

"Fire investigators are trying to determine who started the fire and why," Rutledge said.

One adult was reportedly home when the fire started and escaped unharmed, according to a Fire Department press release.

Rutledge said investigators had not yet made contact with the one resident who was home at the time the fire began but had talked with other family members who lived at the Norcross home but were not there at the time.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Arson and Explosives Section of the Fire Department at 678-518-4890.